Officer assaulted by suspects during Murray stolen vehicle investigation

Posted at 1:27 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 19:13:11-05

MURRAY, Utah — An officer investigating a stolen car in Murray was injured Thursday after being jumped by suspects who also attempted to steal the officer's vehicle.

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After receiving an alert of a possible stolen vehicle, the officer with the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division spotted the car in a parking lot near 5600 South and 900 East. Believing the vehicle to be abandoned, the officer found a male suspect inside.

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While speaking with the man, a female suspect surprised the officer and jumped on his back, starting an altercation. During the incident, the male suspect got into the officer's car and attempted to drive off, but the officer jumped into the passenger seat and put the vehicle in park, ending the suspect's chance at escape.

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The officer, who suffered a severe concussion, and the two suspects were transported to the hospital.

"There's no doubt it's like the worst possible scenario as far as officer safety issues go," said Allen Shinney, the Director of the Utah Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division.

Shinney said the suspects will likely be jailed and could face charges of resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer.